Police: Myvi driver who blocked ambulance was rushing to pick up medication
PETALING JAYA: A Perodua Myvi driver wanted by police for obstructing an ambulance on the emergency lane of the Federal Highway was apparently rushing to pick up some medication left inside a stalled taxi in Glenmarie.
The 58-year-old surrendered himself at the Shah Alam police headquarters at about 7pm Wednesday.
Selangor traffic chief Supt Kamaludin Mohamad said the man, who is a taxi driver, is diabetic and has a heart condition. He was rushing to pick up his medication when he was caught on camera using the emergency lane at KM13.2 of the Federal Highway near Shah Alam.
"He used the emergency lane because he was in urgent need of his medication, which was inside his stalled taxi in Glenmarie.
"He had not taken his medication for more than 24 hours," Supt Kamaludin said.
The cabbie apparently told the police that he was unaware that an ambulance was behind his Myvi, and only noticed the emergency vehicle after seeing it in the rear-view mirror.
"He tried to give way to the ambulance, but it was too late," said Supt Kamaludin.
Police fined the cabbie for abusing the emergency lane.
A video of the incident went viral last week, drawing the ire of netizens.
The two-minute-and-five-second video appears to be dashboard camera footage from the ambulance.
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